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Information about books, ebooks, and and CDs by David Pike are shown in date order, further down the page.
Sometime Somewhere, Somehow; Collected poems, 1993 - 2018, by David Pike. Published October 2018. An A5 size paperback book with a full colour cover and 115 pages. Foreword by Greg Cox, editor of The Cannon's Mouth, poetry magazine. Cover notes by: Bruce McRae, (poet and musician), Will Daunt, poet and book reviewer and Sarah Singleton, Swindon Advertiser.
UK price £6.99. Europe: 7.80 euros. USA: $8.60 (all plus postage). ISBN: 978-0-9570254-8-6 Contact the Pulsar editor via pulsarpoetry.com to obtain details, (or order via book store). You may also pay via PayPal, if required. Also available as an ebook via: Link to ebook, Sometime, Somewhere, Somehow
Sometime, Somewhere, Somehow, David Pike’s Collected Poems 1993 – 2018 is an eclectic assembly of work by a poet with a distinct voice and a confidence in his craft. This collection contains a host of closely observed characters, an apt conjuring of place and an undercurrent of wry humour, occasionally sliced with satire. His adroit use of rhythm and evident delight in the manipulation of sound make these poems a pleasure to read aloud. I particularly love the poems conjuring up local places, such as Tumuli and All Cannings. Themes of time, memory and mortality weave through the collection. Pike mentions Betjeman in his introduction, but I hear echoes of Larkin too: beneath the mockery of contemporary English life is an elegiac tone, and an undercurrent of longing and an on-going negotiation with the inevitability of death. Which is not to say the poems are gloomy – far from it. Life has too much to offer for that. Sarah Singleton, Swindon Advertiser.
Please view information about my newly published, (February 2017), short print-run, poetry paperback, At Durgan; info below. A review of At Durgan was originally displayed on the Message in a Bottle poetry website; this website has since unfortunately expired.
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Also available as an ebook download via Amazon link: Link to ebook, At Durgan
I hope I may have intrigued you enough to purchase a copy. DP.
At Durgan, Poems 2012 - 2016
Pulsar Poetry Webzine editor David Pike.
A5 size paperback book with a full colour cover and 77 pages.
Foreword by: Alan Hardy, Whitehill School of English. St Albans.
ISBN 978-0-9570254-6-2 Publication date: February 2017.
Sleeve note by Andrew Barber. “This is a wonderfully evocative and varied collection, written with a light (and often light-hearted) touch. There are poems about nature, and man’s relationship with his environment, and there are poems about human nature, with some wry tongue-in-cheek social observation. David Pike has an informal and accessible tone to his writing that is all his own.”
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New irreverent ebook novel by David Pike, published October 2016
Bottomley and the Laird of Liskeard.
Book III in the Bottomley series.
Blenkinsopp mistakenly thought he had Scottish ancestry. As a result of this, and to enrich his dull and monochrome life, he took this to another level and declared himself “The Laird of Liskeard." The Cornish townsfolk of Liskeard ignored his Scottish regalia, ersatz mannerisms and delusions of grandeur. They viewed him as the harmless buffoon that he was. One thing that couldn't be ignored was that Blenkinsopp was very wealthy. Where did this ongoing source of income come from? No one in Liskeard was entirely sure, and no one really cared.
But in the outer reaches of Hades the wealthy nature of Blenkinsopp's bizarre and possibly damaging existence, drew attention. A bored, (Friday afternoon), I.T. geek pushed a button and started a bungling chain of events that needed rectification. Bottomley, an enormous rotting, hideous, and incompetent long term incumbent of Hades was nudged out of retirement and transported to Liskeard - with a view to bumping Blenkinsopp off. A series of farcical situations take place that affect the fortunes of both Blenkinsopp and Bottomley.
Available via the following link to amazon: Bottomley and the Laird of Liskeard
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Novel: Bottomley in Love
New irreverent and humorous ebook novel by David Pike, book II in the Bottomley Series, Bottomley In Love, ISBN: 978-0-9570254-4-8, published during May 2015. £0.99.
Available for download to numerous electronicdevices via Amazon:
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Bottomley is not a handsome fellow. Calling him a ‘fellow,’ is also pushing the boundaries a bit. He is in fact a stonking great rotting ogre of reptilian appearance and has been a displaced incumbent of Hades for many eons. Being a general worker for the Lower Authority, (forlornly class 2), he is required to; do what he’s told, button his lip, shut up, and get the hell on with it. This is all very well but it can become tedious with only menial tasks and degradation to look forward to on an ongoing basis. Occasional Random Death Selection, (RDS), missions help to break up the ongoing sameness of everyday non-life and give Bottomley a chance to drink beer, eat unnecessary food, play darts and bump-off despicable UK human residents. To other Hades incumbents Bottomley is a misnomer because he is not entirely evil and is known to possess an ounce of decency, in a place where love is a dangerous word and subject. Then he receives a disturbing anonymous message, “Bottomley, I love you, I need you, I want you . . .”
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Novel: Bottomley Steps Out
An irreverent and humorous adult fiction fantasy novel by David Pike
Now available as an ebook to download to Kindle or to other electronic devices via Amazon.com Kindle price £1.95.
Click the following link to view / download the book: Bottomley Steps Out
Bottomley is an incompetent and hideous general worker from Hell, (GWH class 1). He didn’t ask for this role, after his demise it just happened! There’s not much to write home about in Hades, the hours are long and the wages of sin are poor – in spite of rumours to the contrary. Bottomley resides in a decomposing lime flower coloured room, which has an interesting view over a live giblet extraction factory, (it ticks all of the boxes as ‘desirable’ in Hades TV residential relocation programmes).
Things turn more interesting when Bottomley steps out on planet Earth with his boss, (Drusilla, she of the sexy hips, long tongue and reptilian tail), to carry out Random Death Selection (RDS) missions, to net the souls of errant evil humans. Basically, persons who have outlived their welcome on Earth – or have just been a tad jammy. Their mission, (amongst others), involves the pursuit of Lindenthorp, a distraction burglar, who in Hades and on Earth is best described as a bit of a ‘sh1t.’ In their bungling pursuit mistakes are a made and expletives such as ‘frig my wig,’ and ‘waggle my warts,’ are heard at high volume. Along the way Bottomley adopts a phantom squashed dog, Glutinous, who has a very low IQ and more than a few low habits. . .
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A Cold Night For Norman,
and other short stories by David Pike
Now available as an ebook to download to Kindle or smart phone via Amazon.com Kindle price £1.98.
Link to Amazon by clicking on: A Cold Night for Norman
Available as a paperback, order via Ligden Publishers thro' the Pulsar editorial address, or via a book store. ISBN: 9780952043126 £5.75 plus postage
Short stories of a macabre, irreverent, ghostly and humorous nature by David Pike.
"Norman was an ornamental garden gnome. He looked very twee with a solemn face, rosy red cheeks and a pointed hat. The purchase had been Jean's idea. She liked gnomes - named him Norman. But to James Weston the thing was a monstrosity, naff and tasteless. He hated every inch of the painted effigy. But Weston didn't realise the feeling was mutual."
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Poems 2007 to 2011 by David Pike
Foreword by Roland John
Sleeve note by Flicky Harrison
The Strand, published 2012, now available as a 66 page paperback book, ISBN: 978-0-9570254-2-4 price £5.99, includes the cost of postage & packaging. Cheques payable to: David Pike and send to 34 Lineacre, Grange Park, Swindon, SN5 6DA. Enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also available as an ebook to download to Kindle or to other electronic devices via Amazon.com Kindle price £2.00
Click the following link to view / download the book: The Strand, poems by David Pike
Note: if you don't have a Kindle you can still download DP's books to i-Phone, Windows PC, Mac, i-Pad or Android by utilising the following free Amazon Apps via: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/feature.html/ref=dig_arl_box?ie=UTF8&docId=1000425503
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In The Mix
Poems 1990 - 2006
by Pulsar Editor David Pike
Now available as an ebook to download to Kindle or smart phone via Amazon.com link: In the Mix, Poems by David Pike
An A5 size perfect-bound book with a full colour cover and sixty pages, copyright © David Pike, ISBN 978-0-9520431-8-8, © Ligden Publishers 2007, UK price £5.99, (£4.99 if ordered direct from Ligden Publishers, 34 Lineacre, Grange Park, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 6DA). Cheques payable to: David Pike. The author will sign copies, on request. You may also purchase via Amazon thro' the following link: In the Mix, poems by David Pike
The majority of the poems have been published in small magazines and newspapers and many have been aired via the BBC. Foreword by American poet, Rose Solari. Visit: www.rosesolari.com"I have spoken to David Pike on a number of occasions and have always been impressed with his passion for the written word, be it in story form, poetry or prose. His hard work in organising the regular Pulsar poetry gatherings demonstrates again his enthusiasm for bringing poetry to life in every sense of the word. His new book of poems "In the Mix" further serves to prove this, and I am sure will be enjoyed by readers and writers alike."
Mark Seaman, Senior Producer and Presenter, BBC Radio Wiltshire and BBC Radio Swindon.
"Few people have the talent to take ordinary, everyday words and transform them into something extraordinary. David Pike’s natural feel for language is stunning. The breadth of this collection is exhilarating, touching on serious themes such as ageing, intellect, childhood and social observation and then throwing in the downright hilarious. A superb work."
Gill Harris, Deputy Chief Sub Editor, Swindon Advertiser.
"David Pike is an acute observer of the unconscious drollery of much of human behaviour in the quotidian, but also a gentle revealer of the small ways in which nature can make us suddenly step back and see the big picture of the true value of our existence. These are enviable qualities indeed."
Geoff Ward, Book Editor, Western Daily Press and Bristol Evening Post.
"David Pike has a controlled, deceptively relaxed style, an appropriate foil for his wry, affectionate view of a world that seems, in these poems at least, at one moment joyfully absurd and at the next haunting and cruel. As one might expect from a poet comfortable with reading his work to audiences, Pike’s work is accessible. However, it would be a mistake to assume his poetry operates on one level only. I found myself drawn back to it repeatedly as the images and sound refused to fade. Recommended!"
Bob Mee, Editor, Iota & Ragged Raven Press, Warwickshire.
“His verse is contemporary, witty and makes a point as neatly as a William Trevor short story.” Charles Howard, Poetry Book Reviewer, Writers’ Forum, June 2007.
In the Mix is also displayed on Robin Wilkey's website and may be viewed via: http://www.wilkey.org.uk/books/reviews/pike.htm
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On The Ridge: poems by David Pike, A5 size, 85 page, perfect-bound book with full colour cover, foreword by Chris Highton of BBC Wiltshire Sound, published in 1993, Ligden Publishers ISBN 9780952043119, price £2.99 UK Order via the Pulsar editorial address, (add £1.50 to the price to cover postage and packing), or order on-line via Amazon, click on the following hyperlink to go straight to Amazon www.amazon.co.uk
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Evolution: 2003 CD, tracks written and performed by David Pike (DP). DP plays all guitars. Front cover photograph, David Pike 'live' at Riffs Bar on 27th February 2003, Greatfield, Nr. Swindon, Wiltshire. Ligden Music #2, 34 Lineacre, Grange Park, Swindon, SN5 6DA, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 6DA, UK. Price UK £5.00.
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